Families who live on farms are being urged to keep their children safe this half-term.
Schools across England and Wales break up this week for the October holidays meaning farming children who would usually be in the classroom will now be at home during the day.
This can pose childcare issues for farming families especially at a busy time in agriculture. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Great Britain’s workplace regulator, says for some farmers the family home and the working farm are often side by side, though they should be regarded as separate.
Agriculture has one of the highest fatal injury rates of any industry in Great Britain but is the only high-risk industry that also sees children often present.
Children and young people up to the age of 18 are regularly killed and injured on farms. Eight children were killed on farms in the five years up to March.
HSE is reminding all adults working on farms that children and young people must be kept safe.
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